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How Many Makeup Brushes Do You Actually Need ???

Hello everybody, hope you are all having a fabulous day ! Have you heard your friends, well wishers, make up artists , influencer , bloggers, say ” Always get your hands on the best beauty tools ! or Invade in the best tools of your trade!”

“NO MATTER HOW ARTISTIC A PERSON IS, WITHOUT QUALITY TOOLS & PRODUCTS, EVEN A GENIUS LIKE MICHELANGELO WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PAINT THE SISTINE CHAPEL. – KEVIN AU COIN , the top makeup artist and author, from his book Face Forward”.

I often get asked about makeup brushes. How many do you actually need? Which ones do what? Do you have to spend a fortune on them?  No, you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. As for how many you actually need, well, that depends on what you want to do and how skilled you are with your fingers. Some people are perfectly happy to apply their makeup with their fingers from start to finish. 

If you  are someone who likes to use brushes, however, here are the brushes I believe to be the most useful. The 8 set of brushes from T’Ple Professional , to be pronounced as Tee Plee.

brush full
T’ple Professional Brush Set

And to give you an insight of these brushes, they come as a set of 8 brushes, needed for a flawless makeup, along with a brush case.

Let’s talk about the incredibly chic brush case. A super cool chocolate brown with a rose gold zipper pole, and a small zipper pole at the inner side of the case makes it super convenient while on the go, or to keep them on your vanity counter. 

brush case
A chic case ❤

The brushes are made from synthetic fibers that wont shed on your face mid-application. And the best part is, the whole set consists of 5 face brushes and 3 eye brushes. And i always believe that its not that particular ,  the  type of specific brush has to be used for a specific place. Sometimes i feel to use else where, which is for other parts in makeup, that shows how efficient the brushes are designed. 

These brushes are soft and they have a good finish. Each brushes was individually packed inside the case.

face brush
Face Brushes

 

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What’s in my Travel make up bag?

Hi loves, hope you are all doing well ! for the next 40 days, I am going to be in India, my hometown for holidays. I am so happy for this travel, as I am going to get united with both my families again. yay !

I love travel and packing. Just the thought of deciding which eyeliner, lipstick or powder  to take or leave behind is enough to give me anxiety. So I usually pack a week before  to tackle.

I am not going to carry much eyeshadow palette or blush palette with me, I am going to be taking less of palettes, which will be coming up in the next post.

travel essentials

But for the use of my full face makeup on normal days as well as on special ocassions, these entire makeup is highly sufficient for me. By the way, the cute little makeup case is for the picture purpose only. I always carry them in a clear case bag.

PRODUCTS THAT I CHOOSE : 

  • Makeup Brushes : I chose a contour brush , round buffer brush , a powder brush and a bronzer brush, and a mini angled brush. 
  • Primer : Gosh skin adapt or for the entire face for a long lasting makeup, and Maybelline Baby skin, to hide those pores and a setting spray from Misslyn. 
  • Foundation : Chanel perfection Lumiere for a light coverage  & healthy glow , while the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD stick for a high coverage, on special occasions.
  • Powder : Misslyn’s Fix me matte setting powder  to set the make up , Gosh banana powder to brighten the under eyes upon concealer and Chanel powder to have a healthy glow.
  • Concealer : Sephora creamy concealer – the best one for conceal , and highlight. 
  • Eye Products : The best ever Karaja Lash list mascara, Karaja king kohl eyeliner black , Max Factor eyeliner in green to give a pop of color to the eye look, Sephora Telescopic mascara, and karaja 3D smoky gel liner – for a multipurpose use, for an smokey eye look, or a liner .
  • Brows : Keeping it completely simple , the most trusted product ever , Anastasia Beverly hills dip brow pomade in medium brown, water proof, what else do i need ?
  • Contour & Highlight  : Smash box contour powder in Sun Tan matte & Gosh lumi drops in peach, perfect duo !
  • Lips : Trust me, this was the most difficult one to choose, but i made it . MAC Ruby woo for a bold red , Sephora cream lip stain , shade 4 for a purple kind of color , Arcancil Rose Grenade for a pink mauve , ( can be used as a Blush ),  NYX Butter Gloss in  Praline for a nude , and YSL Rouge voluptuous shine in 02 berry, EOS Lip balm.
  • Nails : Misslyn diamond lacquers , CND vinylux .
  • Perfumes : Victoria secret Bombshell Roller Ball , Zara Red Vanilla perfume.
  • Moisturizer : Nuxe Prodigieuse Day & Night cream. 

And a Loccitane  Hand cream to keep my hands well moisturized . 

I wanted to keep as simple as it could be, however sometimes I end up in not using these as well because of time factors & other appointments. My other travel essentials will be posted very soon ! 

until next post,

xoxo

priya 

Never have a bad hair day, with Activilong !

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, and having fun.

We all know how the hot summer sun is harmful to our skin, and we take due precautions for it. But have you ever given a thought about the effects that sun has on hair??? The sun can wreak equal havoc with our hair as with our skin.

Effects of the summer sun on the hair:

  • You may have healthy, bouncy hair all year around, but come summer and your hair turns limp and lifeless. There are no signs of that bounce anymore, is there? This happens because the high humidity content in the atmosphere settles on your hair and weighs it down, the result  is limp hair.
  • Sweat and dust contributed by summers increase hair problems like dandruff, split ends, frizziness and increased hair fall.
  • The hot summer sun doesn’t show any mercy and dries out everything in its way, hair included.
  • However tempting it may be, washing your hair every day is NOT an option. Similarly, not washing hair which is sweaty for a long time is a sure shot way to increased hair fall.
  • Hair tends to get burnt in the hot sun and can turn brownish. Colored hair too tends to fade if you stay outdoors too long.
  • Do find your hair to be constantly feeling greasy??? This is because of excessive sweat and maybe even due to the sunscreen near your hairline.

How to protect hair in summer ?

Our hair gets harmed in many different ways during summers – overexposure to sun’s harmful rays, sweat, and humidity and of course, spending too much time in a swimming pool. While all of these are reasons enough to lead to a bad hair day and cause long-term damage, a little  care is all your hair needs to stay beautiful!

While you reach out for all products that work wonders on your hair, remember to check out a few things first , Scalp type –oily, dry, dandruff, itchy, combination or any other medical condition . Hair type – straight, curly, wavy, colored, treated, permed, straightened or any other.

According to me, one of the main thing to use is a SERUM, and the serum that I’m completely in love with is from a French brand “Activilong “.

  • It is the Actigloss Nourish Serum Polisher is a light sublimator. Its light texture leaves silky and shiny hair. The ends are nourished, protected and sheathed. 
  • It contains Jojoba and Macadamia. These are the two best oils that are totally suitable for hair and skin.
  • The oils literally give life to your hair, making it soft, shiny, voluminous, and bouncy and a healthy look.
  • This is a very light, thin oil kind of serum. Easy to apply and my hair feels so great.
  • My hair is very dry, frizzy, and I have always had a bad hair day, or most of the times.
  • When I started using this, I felt so much difference in my hair. The split ends were completely taken care.
  • Hair never felt greasy. It smells so good. Easy to apply, you can also easily slip it in your bag as well. 
  • I have used this for almost a month now, and totally loving it. A little bit goes a long way.

How to apply? 

  • Daily spread a dab over ends and lengths. Do not rinse. Style.
  • On daily basis, it protects the hair fiber against external aggression like wind or sun for example, and it sheathes the ends. 
  • After the brushing, it controls frizzes, moisturizes and makes the hair shine.

 

I am completely in love with this product, and it has become my daily essentials as well. I am no more worried of dry hot summers. How about you ?

 

xoxo

priya

 

Set , Sculpt & Strobe with Misslyn !

Hey there ! Hope you are all doing good ! Today let’s begin with some interesting stuffs. We all love the sculpted look with no double chin, no big fat nose, and so on… We do know all this can be done with contouring or sculpting, without workouts !

Today, lets begin our beauty class with some of the amazing misslyn products, which I have personally tried & tested and hence I bring the same for you all. 

We are going to need three products only , with the brush of your choice. Let’s begin.

  1. MISSLYN MAKE IT LAST FOREVER, Matte fixing Powder :

This is a transparent powder ideal for fixing and mattifying the makeup.  Though, it looks white in color, it sets the makeup very well, and doesn’t leave a white cast on your face, even in flash photography. If you feel that your face is oily, just swirl your brush in, and set it on your face. 

Note : It is always better to dab the oil on your T-zone using a blotting sheet or a sponge or a tissue and then set it with powder. That’s it! It stays matte and fixed for good  5- 6 hours, which is a pretty decent time. 

fixing powder

Now that your face is fully set, and now lets move on to the next step. 

2. MISSLYN BRONZING & CONTOURING POWDER :

The bronzing & contouring powder looks like the BEACH Edition. What ??? Yes, to have a natural tan , this powder gives the perfect sunny summer vibes, resulting it to be very natural.

The best part is they look great on both cool  & warm  undertones. You can use it like a bronzer, on a casual day. Or the perfect contouring technique, 

  • Right below your hairline at the top of your forehead.
  • On the right and left sides of your forehead, near your hairline on either side.
  • Along the right and left sides of your nose.
  • In the hollows of your cheeks (to find them, suck your cheeks in).
  • Along your jawline on both sides, from your ears to the tip of your chin.

bronzer

So, our face looks sculpted, and the last step is to highlight ! And this is an exciting step for all of us, because, we want the glow baby !!!

3. MISSLYN GLOW FOR IT! STROBING POWDER :

An illuminating strobing powder , accentuating and enhancing , the fine light reflecting pearls, refresh a dull looking complexion for a naturally looking radiance. 

This highlighter or a strobing powder, is the perfect one that compliments all skin tones . Remember to use the highlighter in the spots that catch the light, on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and above your cupid’s bow. This will enhance your natural features. Don’t spread the product all over your face, or else your glow will turn into a greasy mess. If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already.

Tip : After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a fan brush, or a damp makeup sponge. To avoid blobs of product and obvious makeup lines, make sure you blend any harsh edges of highlighter so it fades into the rest of your skin.

strobe

Alright, time to see some swatches !

set swatch

Hope you have enjoyed my beauty class today ! And here’s a lovely gift for you . 

Logon to http://www.bloggerssouk.com , under my souk,  choose the products of your choice and add them to the cart . Before check out, use code : PP5007, for a 30% discount, worldwide  on all the products from my souk. 

I can’t to wait to see, how excited you are ! Let me know your thoughts !

End of beauty class ,!

xoxo

priya 

MARLAY LOTION FOR SOFT FEET, DOES IT WORK ?

we  all dream of having a soft , well moisturized feet  but sometimes or the other, it is more of a dream and actually not in reality. How many of you go for pedicures, frequently ? I haven’t done so in ages ! Today, I’m going to share my personal experience of using a wonderful product for all your feet problems ,  nails and hand problem , from the french brand MARLAY COSMETICS. 

NAILS
This is how the product looks !

What does Marlay Cosmetics say about it ? Revolutionary in the treatment of cuticles and callosities, the MARLAY lotion won an award at the prestigious Lepine innovation contest in 1990.

Based on CELANDINE, a medicinal herb used by French great – grandmothers for its curative virtues, the formula gently dissolves all dead skin for a perfect manicure and baby soft feet all year around.

It is also very effective on corns , calluses and other build-ups of hard skin when reapplied over several days.

What I understood from this ? In short, I wanted to test the lotion Marlay Celandine. The purpose of this lotion? Dissolve the dead skins so that you can remove them and make you feet of an incomparable softness.

Yes, we are not in absolute Glamor, but let’s say we have to go through there to have nice feet!

LOTION
This is the actual bottle

To accompany the lotion, the brand also offers cotton pads and a big nail file  which will be very useful to let the lotion put on my feet. 

Texture of the product is like water, too thin and a runny texture, So, be extra careful while trying to pour them.

How to use them ? 

  • Option 1 :  soak the cotton and leave it, like a cloth mask, for 15 to 20 minutes on the areas to be treated.
  • Option 2 : Dilute  2 to 3 drops of lotion  in a bowl of water and make a foot bath for 15 to 20 minutes. I chose the second option, which seemed to me the most practical.

    Small note: you can do it on the feet but also on the hands.

The first option wouldn’t be so  practical , as it’s a bit hard to spend 20 minutes without moving, without dropping the cottons. 

My Experience of using them : 

I first soaked my feet in the water with these drops for about good 20 minutes. I previously had a Wart on my foot, and I had Cryo for that to get removed – such a painful one , you know ! Since then, am extra cautious for my foot, but still i have those dark dead skin present . 

CREAM LOTION
Old fashioned Nail file 

I thought , You wanted it, you got it! So once the laying time has passed, you have to take a trick to scrape. Kind an old-fashioned nail file. And you scrap, scrap and scrap ! Dead skins go off very easily.

In the end, I found the lotion very effective. Well, these are slightly too EFFECTIVE, because when you see all your skins falling, it’s totally scary. There, it is the “soft alopecia” version. It works, but you still have control.

For hands, I have mostly used them as a cuticle oil . But I honestly I prefer them for the foot care than nails, as it is very effective. 

Priced at 35 Euros, a little pricey, but great effect !

( This was sent to me as a PR sample, however my opinions are honest and are tried and tested ).

Have you tried this ? 

xoxo

priya 

 

 

Get the glow with Arcancil’s Magic Highlight !

Hey my loves, today’s topic is all about the magic highlighter from Arcancil.  We all love the beautiful  glow of any highlighter we use, be it the luxury one or the drugstore one, but I love my face to be snatched, and yeah! that’s my signature word for my love of highlighter ! 

Let’s get in now …

Highlighter

This is what the product looks like. Do you think that the liquid highlighter in the bottle and the packaging matches ? Of course yes ! They are a pretty golden highlighter, giving you more of a sun kissed look.

What does Arcancil say ? Light up your face and body in one second with Magic Highlight ! Applied in light touches, its formula enriched with pearls brings light and radiance to highlight your best features. suitable for all skin tones.

Texture – It looks very light and silky . It can also be mixed with the foundation  or wear it on the foundation as well. It enhances your complexion well giving a subtle glow.

And it can also be used on body as well. I personally prefer to wear a slight tint on the shoulders, to give a healthy glow for my skin.

Lets, look at the swatch now..

swatch

I have a medium Tan complexion, for it this highlighter is so beautiful. The above picture is just a dab from the pump tube.

blended

This is how the highlighter looks on my skin. Since its a hand swatch, to show the real color & sparkle, i did apply a little extra . But still it looks so beautiful !

Flash

They look so gorgeous on flash ! They stayed well on my skin when applied over the foundation, and didn’t oxidize much , which is really good.

And, to sum it up, you can see the actual working of highlighter on my full face make up look, posted down below.

Full Face makeup

The highlighter stayed well for about 6 hours, fading slowly! I loved the glow a lot and i cant wait to use it in my upcoming makeup looks. They are so chic and slim in packaging, they make a great one for travel as well.

Price & availability – Priced at AED 70. And are available at

Megamart – Megamall , sharjah

Wojooh – Dubai Mall

Beauty Bay – Mirdiff City Centre

For further look on this product, keep following me on Instagram @py_fashionista

To know more about the latest products, follow @arcancilparis , @arcancildubai.

xoxo

priya 

 

Say no to dry and damaged hair with Palmer’s !

Hello beautiful people! we all love that beautiful, shiny and a good hair. Having a good hair day is said to be having a good day! Do you agree or not ? As the weather is getting heated up day by day, so as our hair getting very dry, damaged, loses its shine, breakage, split ends, hair fall, and ugh……. a total hair problem 101!

Alright, lets put an end to this worst situation! How ? Palmer’s got us covered with their Protein Pack which is a deep conditioning one. Wait a min , so its a protein pack ( A Bonus ) and a deep conditioner ( Double Bonus ). Hold on to the excitement, lets me introduce more about it.

cream
Cream with fresh blend of coconuts

Can you guess something looking at the picture ? Yes, you are right, it is made of coconut.

Front
This is how the pack looks!
  • Is this pack suppose to be used up at one time or can  one pack be used for multiple times?
  • I usually use coconut oil at home myself but is this worth to try?
  • Is it really thick or easy to work into your hair?
  • Do you have to wet your hair before use?
  • Is it worth trying?

Lets first look at the Key Ingredients :

Coconut oil ( hydrates) ; 

Tahitian Man oi oil (Hydrates);

Tiare flower petals & sweet almond oil ( Soothes and adds shine )

How it looks / feels / smells ? 

It is a cream formula, thick, white and it has a strong but great coconut smell. And this deep conditioner quenches dry hair without making it oily and the smell of the coconut is incredible.

My experience with the product !

When I opened the pack, I was first surprised to how much product was inside. And if you have short or mid length hair like me, you will get two uses out of it. 

As I mentioned, its a thick white creamy formula containing coconut oil , Tahitian Manoi oil , Sweet Almond oil. And free from harmful agents like parabens , phthalates , Mineral oil , Gluten , sulfates and dyes. 

The natural ingredients gives the pleasant and relaxing scent and I feel they give you the pampering for your hair.

Methods of testing ? Round 1 : As an overnight mask : I left it on overnight applying to my hair and covered with a shower cap and had a good sleep. After I shampooed my hair, my hair felt incredible and soft ! I loved how my hair smelled, so fresh and had a healthy shine.

Round 2 : As an protein pack for 20 minutes  : I applied it after shampooing my hair, and waited for a good 20 minute, and washed again. BAM ! my hair was so alive & bouncy. My hair looked so healthy and shiny to my fried locks before I had ! 

After
After results of using the protein mask

Overall Verdict : I love the smell of this product, its a true buttery coconut smell. It gave my hair an incredible shine & a healthy look ! My hair ends were no longer dry like before. And the best is the product is free of nasty chemicals  and is great for your dry hair giving a quick hydrating boost. 

The product is inexpensive and is available at hypermarkets. I am sure of stocking them up, and I feel that its good to use when my hair needs a pick me up !

Have you tried  this ???

 (Thank you palmer’s for sending me an amazing product ! All my opinions are honest and are Tried and Tested  and safe to use on adults.)

Xoxo

priya